* Posts by Tom 35

2958 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Top CEOs agree: US is down the crapper

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Say the poeple who

out sourced everything to China to boost their stock options.

Indonesia puts RIM on two-week notice

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my guess

"why is the internet access on the BlackBerry routed through RIM's servers?"

I don't know for sure but my guess would be that it works something like the Opera mobile system. The server compresses the html and resizes the images to save on expensive mobile bandwidth costs and speed up webpage load times.

Enraged wives hand Pakistani polygamist vicious shoeing

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IT Angle

No problem

As long as you use that internet connected toaster that toasts today's weather forecast into the toast.

Win 7 Mobile app marketplace DRM cracked

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Not a surprise

Just like iThing, DVD, Bluray... it's going to happen.

If there is any surprise it's that some one bothered to work on it with the number of phones being (not) sold. Someone just wanted to give MS a kick I guess.

MS will lock it up again, and someone will break it again... repeat...

IE 0day accidentally leaked to Chinese hackers

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sitting on a web server

What, they just hoped no one would find it?

MS knew about it for ages, but sat on it. Now they can wait and see if it gets used, then maybe fix it after a few more months.

Must be one of the hard to fix bugs because it's commingled with other Windows features.

iPad's biggest rival? Microsoft's dead Courier

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no-touch typing

How can you touch type on a picture of a keyboard, where you have to hover over the keys instead of resting your fingers on the home row, and need to keep looking at your fingers to make sure you haven't drifted away from the keys?

Apple patent endangers unbiased product reviews

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Not just games

"Despite what suspicious readers often claim, most of today's product reviewers are scrupulous about not letting advertising dollars affect their evaluations."

I call BS.

They may be scrupulous about the appearance of not letting advertising dollars affect their evaluations but that's as far as it goes. Give a product a bad review and expect to be looking for work, kiss butt on a review and expect to get assigned to future reviews from "important" clients. Before long you have a bunch of yes men competing to see who can find the most positive things to say about a steaming turd.

I've seen lots of independent magazines get bought out by big companies and their reviews always go to hell. Photography, auto, computer, audio, it's all the same.

The SMS of DEATH - Can it crash your phone?

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If the phone is more then a month old

"Both researchers called for suppliers to increase the frequency of security updates as well as making updates easier to apply. "

The telcos will not bother to hack up a custom version of the new software since they have already moved to a different phone and everyone is stuck with V1.0.

I wish more phone companies were like Apple and didn't let the phone companies hack up the software.

Cambridge boffins rebuff banking industry take down request

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They are trying to avoid bad publicity

By sweeping it all under the carpet.

Standard smartphone charger to dominate in two years

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Apple with Micro-USB

Will it be a crippled charge only port or will it actually be useful as a USB port? Will it be added to iPods/Pads as well?

Mozilla takes on web data miners with privacy icon release

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Not just for spam

It also makes it a bit harder for data sharing outfits to link your different accounts as belonging to the same person.

World+Dog says 'no thanks' to 3D TV

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3D ready

The better sets that have high refresh rates and support film mode can be made 3D ready for almost nothing. A lot of the sets being counted as 3D may never be used for 3D because of the need to buy expensive glasses, and other costs (expensive cable service, new blu ray player) and not much worth watching.

If I buy a new TV it might be 3D ready (and might have other useless features like playing MP3s from a USB stick) but I'll be buying it because it's a good 2D TV.

'Porn lock' heralds death of WikiLeaks, internet, democracy, universe

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Straw Man...

"That's more or less what the pub industry and others said about the smoking ban. Didn't work then..."

A pub is not like your home, more like a library (where the internet is filtered). You don't have a smoking ban in your home (though some think that would be a good idea) unless you set it your self.

If you want a porn ban in your house you can do that your self now. This is about people who want to ban stuff they don't like (and don't think anyone else should be able to chose different), and people who want to get the infrastructure in place to block stuff so they can easily add more stuff they want to block later.

And there are such products available in some places like the bible belt USA.

Car immobilisers easily circumvented by crafty carjackers

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Like DVD or Blu Ray?

It took some work to break the first time but now anyone with a copy of AnyDVD (and a load of other software) can do it in real time.

Bummed-out users give anti-virus bloatware the boot

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In some companies (like the last one I worked for) IT don't get much choice, "VIPs" demand and get local admin, and write access to stuff they don't need write access to...

The three outbreaks we had came from the President (2), and the VP, who's full write access to everything caused the loss of that days work for a lot of people when all their data was deleted and I had to restore from the overnight backup.

Scientologist overlord declares victory over Anonymous

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The same for Canada

They didn't stand a chance after getting caught in "Operation Snow White" that involved burglary of offices, and theft of documents.

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I read Battlefield Earth years ago...

When it first came out in paperback. Mediocre at best (but it sure was big, kind of like puffed rice).

Not long after that I got tossed out of a scientology office for not taking it seriously (and quoting Mary Poppins) . Went in for the free I.Q. / Personality / Stress test, and when it came to the part where they want you to self diagnose your problems (they have a course for that, and another, and another) I said I was practically perfect in every way. They didn't seem to like that :)

Amazon randomly censoring incest books

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clear laws in most countries


"Yes, it calls for judgement"

So much for clear. Who gets to be the judge? Oh I see it's someone... very clear, glad that's all straightened up.

Critical IE update in biggest ever Patch Tuesday

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You like IE?

Don't forget to thank Firefox, Chrome, Opera...

Without them you would still be using IE 6 (or maybe 5).

There would be a lot less problem with IE if they hadn't decided to duct tap it onto the OS.

Zuckerberg beats Assange to claim Person of the Year™

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Tea Party?

Person of the year?

How can a disorganized agglomeration be considered a person? That's one bad case of multiple personality disorder!

Grey marketing is great - if you're the importer...

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student licenses for Photoshop, or home packs of MS Office

That is a different product sku. It's not charging more for the same product in a different place. Or only selling a product in one place.

And a lot of grey market is because something is not available at all. There is lots of stuff on sale in the US that you can't buy in Canada (for example Sansung Canada don't sell laptops/netbooks) so if you want one you have to get one from the US.

The media companies are a big pain for consumers too, look at iTunes. The US and UK sites have loads of stuff (that they will not sell me) that are not available on the iTunes Canada site.

Stealing credit card details via NFC is easy/pointless

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"This cryptogram changes each time based on things like amounts, but also transaction counters."

And how is this unpowered chip going to know any of that? The only thing it could do would be a challenge / response using a secret key.

Default judgement FAIL: ACS:Law muffs up in court

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trying to short-circuit

But that's the whole business model.

They send out blackmail letters to bypass the whole legal process,

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I really big roach motel. Just drop in a few coins as bait.

Governments stonewall interwebs porn domain

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Wouldn't those who piously wring their hands over /the children/ be out of a job?

EU telecoms to Apple, Google: 'Pay up!"

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"I cannot believe most consumers here want to pay for Google et al to make more money."

I can't believe people expect Google et al to pay for me to use their services.

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You have things mixed up. The Malls customers are the tenants. The "customers coming in" are customers of the tenants, not the Mall.

To fix your idea...

You and me are the customers coming in.

The telecoms are the tenants.

And the Mall is a backbone provider.

Apple is a tenant in another Mall also connected to a backbone.

Why would you expect Apple to pay you so you can fix up your store, it's not their problem if you want to sell at a loss.

The telecoms are like UPS or the post office. They get paid for shipping packets.

If I mail order something there are two choices.

- I can pay shipping in advance and shop pays the shipper on my behalf and I pay nothing to the post office when it's delivered. Telecoms don't do this*, I pay for every packet.

- I can have it sent with shipping COD. I pay the shipper when it arrives, but I pay by weight/size not the value of the contents, or how much profit the seller is making. A kg of gold costs the same as a kg of organic fertilizer.

If I use 1 GB of data, I should pay for 1 GB of data. If I'm pulling data from my home computer, a work email server, or youtube there is no difference.

* Other then a few walled garden services offered by the telecom where you pay a monthly fee for the service and data is included.

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I see your problem

"is set to compromise the economic sustainability of the current business model for telecom companies,"

If YOUR business model is broken don't expect someone else to prop it up for you. Fix your business model.

US Air Force studies fruit-flies to build killer insect swarm drones

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This will of course result

In the development of robot Orb and Wolf spiders to counter the robot flies.

Google sees printing in the cloud

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Like HPs printer with an email address?

Spam your printer with coupons (maybe that's why they tried to buy Groupon) and other crap?

Blighty's kids nosedive down global reading, maths rankings

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"they'll be incapable of writing any protest placards."

They can always go the the US and join the tea baggers.

Financial vice tightens on Wikileaks, hacktivistas retaliate

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Terrorist Research?

The only way it would be useful to a terrorist would be as a list of places best avoided as too well watched. It's not like a real war where you need to take out a strategic target. Even if an attack fails it can work. Shoe bomb, pants bomb, maybe a two part liquid bomb... didn't go bang but they still worked.

Microsoft unveils 'do not track' option for IE9

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Flash LSO cookies?

Without some way to deal with them (like the BetterPrivacy Firefox addon) fancy cookie control is not going to do the job.

White House forbids feds from reading WikiLeaked cables

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"customers" who are more trouble than they are worth

I think you have the reason right their.

The 10 plus pages of most TOS can be boiled down to...

If you Bla, Bla, Bla... or if we feel like it your account will be cancelled.

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Who needs an excuse

I had an account, had problems the first time I tried to use it. Google showed I was not alone, cancelled account. Paypal has all the bad features of a bank, without any of the controls that an actual bank has.

If Paypal was food it would be a Double Bacon Cheese Burger that tastes like Brussels Sprouts and cod liver oil.

Firefox: freedom's just another word for 'kerching!'

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Odd conception of "freedom"

It's better then the idea that Corporations should have the freedom to do anything they want.

Yes governments wanting to control the web is a problem, but it's a DIFFERENT problem.

They wonder why ad rates are dropping? It's because there are too many ads. A site that used to have two ads now has 8, a 30 minute TV show now has about 8 minutes of Ads (and they want to show more of them). Saturday morning used to show cartoons for kids now it's all 30 minute ads for useless crap.

When people are willing to make an effort or even spend money just to avoid your ad you have a problem and the answer is not more ads.

Supermarket techie in mega loyalty-point blag

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Tell them a story

At work we trade the cards around. Single guy gets a card and uses it for a few months, pass it on to a married co-worker, then one with two babies, then the 50 year old single. At times we do it in reverse.

And there is a box with a few extra cards that get used at random.

Mass mind control artist condemns El Reg to obscurity

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I think we can come up with the true meaning of EIB, maybe...

Emetic Irritating Bloob

Microsoft arranges 'safe' Silverlight and HTML marriage

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The only'safe' Silverlight

Is a dead Silverlight .

It's like Bob, you think it's dead, and it shows up as Clippy and that stupid search dog...

They seem to be aiming for business, so I expect it will require them to buy Server 2008R2, SQL 2008R2, Sharepoint 2010, and Windows 7 / IE9 to use it. It will also need a TCM.

Oh, I forgot Exchange.

A nice way to get the companies to finally replace their IE6 only apps, with IE9 only apps.

Feds propose 'do not track' option for net surfers

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I can just hear them saying...

We don't track you... what data? How did that data get there... it was collected by mistake, it was ummm a programming error by a junior coder. We will destroy the data as soon as we are finished with it, I mean as soon as we finish our investigation of how it happened* and make sure it will not happen again.

I seem to remember hearing something like that some place...

*that is, how we got caught

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So this should work about as well as the do not call list

They will just outsource it to India.

Microsoft reaches for remote control in crowded US TV market

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Don't tell comcast

... :P

US cable giant Comcast accused of internet video 'toll booth'

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It would be more like the customer ordered something collect shipping, But UPS wants to also charge the Trader because they are pushing more boxes onto their trucks.

ISP customers download more then they upload (ISPs have a hissy fit if you upload too much), that's why they sell 6M / 768k service. An ISP that thinks they should be paid at both ends needs a good kicking.

Supremes to hear Microsoft's Word appeal

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critical to the integrity of our patent system

Did they actually say that with a straight face?

Android out-runs Windows Phone 7 on price comparison site

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Checking the big three Canadian companies.

Rogers - Samsung Focus

But it's not promoted at all, you have to search to find a win7 phone. It's all Android, Blackberry, Apple and even the N8 that show up when you go to the smart phone page.

Bell - LG Optimus

They have it on the smart phone page so a bit better then Rogers, but they have a sort by OS option, Win7 is not one of the options (but Palm is).

Telus - HTC 7 Surround and LG Optimus 7

And they have a win7 info page. But they are pushing iPhone, Android (8) and Blackberry (5).

So they all have Win7 just in case you come in and ask for it, but they are not pushing it at all. There is no buzz at all, it's going to be another Palm I think.

There is also Wind but they are limited by being on AWS/1700 Mhz/BandIV for their network. They have Blackberry and one Android but no Win7.

Blu-ray barely better than DVD

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TV footage

Older footage on 16mm film can produce a good HD master, not amazing but better then DVD.

Where you are out of luck in stuff shot on video. Or that was shot on film and edited on Video (unless you still have the film and want to do all the work to recreate the video effects).

28 Days Later for example is not that old (2002) but it was shot on an SD digital video camera. So it's no surprise that the BD looks like crap.

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And some DVDs look better then other DVDs

And some VHS tapes look better then others.

Blu-ray is not magic, if you don't have good quality masters then the final product is not going to be much good. Since they don't have to tell you on the box some companies will just up-sample their DVD master and stick it on a BR disc. Some are even worse then the DVD because they use DNR and line smoothing filters to try and make them look nice but just kill fine detail in the process.

It's not a fault of Blu-Ray, it's just that like everything else, some of the stuff people put on them is crap to start with. Garbage in garbage out and all that.

Sarah Palin calls for US to stand by North Korea

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her teleprompter wasn't working?

She was looking at the wrong hand and couldn't find her cheat notes.

Indian piracy arrests bother Bollywood BitTorrenters

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Not enough info as usual

If they were running a server to host the seeds (full copies of the files) then they did upload them to the web.

But I do expect a song and dance, as the lawyers say that their clients lost SIX HUNDRED MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED AND FORTY TWO THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY SEVEN DOLLARS in sales due to the uploaders who made millions in advertising money.

Tube to get phone coverage by the Olympics

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Train stops.

Everyone pulls out their cell

Network falls over and dies.

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